EU-Projekt CS Track gestartet

Am 01. Dezember 2019 hat ein neues EU-Projekt im RIAS gestartet. Zusammen mit 8 Partnern aus Belgien, Deutschland, Finnland, Griechenland, Israel, Österreich und Spanien erforscht das RIAS Erfolgsfaktoren von Projekten im Kontext von Bürgerwissenschaften (Citizen Science).

Die Ergebnisse werden den Projekten, Politik und Wissenschaft zur Verfügung gestellt, um daraus zu lernen, Rahmenbedingungen für erfolgreiche Projekte zu schaffen und das bürgerliche Engagement wertzuschätzen und zu stärken.

Putting Citizen Science under the Microscope

The aim of CS Track is to broaden our knowledge about Citizen Science and the impact Citizen Science activities can have in order to maximise its potential benefit on individual citizens, organisations, and society at large. CS Track will do this by investigating a large and diverse set of Citizen Science activities, gathering data from the web, carrying out interviews with key participants and by directly observing operational projects. 

Partners will use web-based analytics and multi-perspective analysis to understand the complex processes that are at the heart of Citizen Science activities. Data analytics will be used to understand the specificities of Citizen Science activities including their organisational and operational characteristics and scientific outcomes, what constitutes good practice, impacts on individual/group learning and success or failure indicators. We will also study societal aspects, related to the impact of Citizen Science activities on society, such as gender, age, geographical and socio-economic differences; as well as its impact on the way in which we view science as a discipline and our changing attitudes to science. 

CS Track will also create and support the development of a community of interest with whom we will disseminate good practices and formulate knowledge-based policy recommendations. The project lasts 36 months and involves 9 partners from 7 countries.